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Westville Man Involved in Fatal Accident Released from Jail; Next Court Date Nov. 5


(CNBNewsnet) --WOODBURY, NJ (September 8, 2020)--Miguel Pichardo, 19, of Westville, was driving northbound on Tanyard Road in

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Miguel Pichardo, 19, of Westville, (photo from Salem County Correctional Facility)

Deptford Township on the evening of Aug. 22 when he hit the rear of a motorcycle that had slowed to make a turn. The husband and wife on the Harley-Davidson were thrown from the vehicle and Ann Richards Stotsenburg, 52, of Deptford, later died of blunt head trauma from the crash, according to the Gloucester County Prosecutors Office.

Pichardo was charged with vehicular homicide, assault by auto, and driving while intoxicated.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office sought his pre-trial detention hearing, August 28, arguing that he faces a lengthy sentence if convicted of the first-degree vehicular homicide charge, making him a flight risk, that his alleged intoxication made him a danger to the public if he were to get behind the wheel again and that he could obstruct the case if he is freed reported

Defense attorney Michele Finizio challenged those assertions. 

Superior Court Judge Linda Lawhun, found that the state failed to make its case for detaining him pre-trial. She ordered him released from jail, with requirements that he has regular check-ins with court officials and maintain his employment. His next court date is Nov. 5 for a pre-indictment conference.